an interactive graphic centered around the experience
of someone with vocal cord paralysis
It’s hard to eat, hard to breathe, hard to speak.
Vocal cords usually stay out of the way when breathing, vibrate together when speaking, and prevent food from going down the windpipe while eating. When one or both of them are paralyzed, these actions are hindered, making it harder to eat, breathe, and talk.
So many experiences are lost
to a voice I can’t provide.
Many people affected by vocal cord paralysis struggle with the strength and volume of their voice. When the vocal cords can’t come together as easily, the quality of sound produced worsens.
When I can manage some volume, it’s still not enough.
"So soft-spoken," I hear.
Many people do not understand why someone can’t simply "speak up." This understandably causes a lot of frustration and distress on top of the constant physical symptoms.
If I could,